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Monday
Aug152011

Monday's pets on furniture (and a book)

If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off...and your pet happens to be sitting on it. And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to  desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet!)

This is our cat Greta from Spain. She is in our chair (her chair) looking for reading some book of the shelves.
- Virginia

Since I have no animals of my own (currently living a gypsy-student-life), I thought I'd submit a photo of this wonderfully colorful cat I found outside a shop in Lillehammer, Norway.
- Silje

Our pug enjoying a little bit of Seattle sun!
- Heather and Greg

In picture is my 3,5 months old frenchie Bella chillin' on my bed.
- Sandra (Zagreb, Croatia)

When my dog-girl, Pumpkin, jumped up on the table this morning (free-pile find with a sheet aluminum top with hand-crimped edges!) I couldn't resist taking the photos and sending them to you. (My husband made two of the adirondack chairs by copying the third one.)
- Melissa (El Cajon, CA)

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Monday
Aug152011

Anouk B

  

There is something hypnotic about the work of Dutch stylist Anouk B. Repetition of a minimalist colour palette of black, white, brown and the occasional escape of green. Sparse furnishings always counterbalanced by natural textures. It's calm. It's zen like. It's beautiful in its carefully curated way. Simplicity at its best. Photography by the incomparable Marjon Hoogervorst.

  

  

  

  

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Sunday
Aug142011

Relique

I thought I would take a quick break from my Sunday chores to give a shout out to one of our new advertisers, Relique. It is a really fun shop for those who love anything vintage, industrial and repurposed. Their finds are from estate sales, buildings about to be demolished etc. Gotta love one-of-a-kind items for the home that don't come from Ikea! To note: They are based in the U.S. but do ship internationally (except for some of their heavier items). Here are a few bits and pieces I found on their site that caught my attention...

  
  
  
  
  
  

Saturday
Aug132011

Design Crew

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! Peege emailed with this week's dilemma.

I need HELP. I've inherited 2 plain plain plain Pottery Barn slip-covered sofas and one gigantic matching armchair and have to make a sitting room out of them. Luckily (?) they are white, slipcovered but so blah that it's killing all inspiration. I have a set of Suzani pillows (reds) which I've added and I have a Kilim upholstered rectangular Ottoman on order. I love all things vintage, and from the Middle East but have no idea how to make the sofas look slicker. The only thing I like are the pillows. I am getting the upholstered ottoman in place of the temporary wicker garden table but please do post this so I can get some inspiration. I need to hear that they're not too hideous and my dreams of a serene sitting room will come true! Any ideas?


Friday
Aug122011

Solange van Dorssen

Solange van Dorssen is an interior designer from Argentina currently in Barcelona working as a stylist for architectural and interior design magazines for Spain, Argentina and Red Cover (London). She wrote us about a home we had blogged recently and when I read that she was a stylist I of course had to go poking around her Flickr photostream to check out her work. Am I ever glad I did because the homes Solange has styled are beautiful and styled to perfection! I am always a fan of decor from abroad. So much texture and pattern and best of all creativity.

  
  

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